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    Rosemary Sutcliff(Author)

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The last of the Roman army have set sail and left Britain for ever, abandoning it to civil war and the threat of a Saxon invasion. Aquila deserts his regiment to return to his family, but his home and all that he loves are destroyed. Years of hardship and fighting follow and in the end there is only one thing left in Aquila's life - his thirst for revenge . . .Rosemary Sutcliff's books about Roman Britain have won much acclaim and the first in the trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, has now sold over a million copies worldwide. The author writes with such passion and with such attention to detail that the Roman age is instantly brought to life and stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned.

This is historical fiction at its best.Post Roman Britain comes alive in this novel.The characters are all believable and no matter how small a part they play they are complete-as is the plot-no strands are left loose. (The Historicals Novels Review)

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Rosemary Sutcliff(Author)
  • Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • English
  • 9
  • Children's Books

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  • By Robert Hutley on 27 August 2017

    This is one of the Sutcliff Roman trilogy. Folio Society have produced all three volumes in beautiful and apprpriate bindings and type faces. This edition is not very easily obtainable. It arrived well packaged and in excellent unread condition. Billed as childrens' adventure literature it is certainly suitable for adults with an interest in historical fiction.

  • By Guest on 19 August 2017

    Love it ///JK

  • By Mr. P. M. Sawyer on 22 May 2013

    Romans in BritainSuitable for teenagers and people interested in roman britainThe story follows Aquila through conflict and life.

  • By Ben Kane on 4 March 2011

    The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff was first published in 1959, and in a remarkable testament to its appeal, it is still in print. It should also be noted that this is the novel that won the author the Carnegie Medal, a prestigious award for outstanding children's books. It's the third part of the loosely linked Roman Britain trilogy that began with The Eagle of The Ninth and continued with The Silver Branch. Readers are probably well aware that the first novel has been dramatized into a movie, The Eagle, which is currently opening and showing in cinemas all over the world.Other reviewers have dealt with the storyline and Aquila, the tortured main character, so I won't go into an explanation of the plot.The Eagle of the Ninth was one of the main influences in my choosing to write about Rome and its legions. I have read it many times, and although I cannot say why, the same cannot be said of the second two books. I recently read The Silver Branch for the second time specifically to review it, and while I enjoyed it greatly, I didn't think that it quite matched the first book in calibre. I expected that also to be the case with The Lantern Bearers. How wrong could I have been?The Eagle of the Ninth fuelled my boyish imagination with pictures of stealing back an eagle standard from wild Scottish tribes, and to this day, I remember and enjoy and honour it for that. I had few childhood memories of The Lantern Bearers, however. Rereading it over the last few days was akin to reading it for the first time. To my surprise and joy, it gripped me not just with the richness of its prose, but also with the depth and accuracy of its description of human emotions and relationships. I was moved to tears on numerous occasions, and I now regard this finely crafted novel to be every bit as good as The Eagle of the Ninth. If anything, it's aimed at an older audience than the first two parts of the trilogy. In my opinion - and I write this as a man rather than a boy - it is a better book than either of the others. The Lantern Bearers stands four square with any piece of adult historical fiction that I have ever read. Indeed, it's superior to most of them.Ben Kane, author of The Forgotten Legion.


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